We had our first game on the 7th July in Gloucester (see pic/follow link), we’re close to announcing a game in the North West of England and with Ireland firmly in my sights. After Ireland, I’m hoping to take a game to London in September and then to South Africa in October when the Super Rugby season finishes.
All will follow this format below – with everything done and handled by local people.
Firstly, we need to find a local club to host the event. This can be any club, anywhere in Ireland. We’ll need to use their facilities, pitch, changing rooms etc, however, the incentive for them to get involved is of course they keep the bar takings and its great publicity to get their club on the map!
Whoever hosts the event, we would look to them to provide the “home” team. The format of the day is entirely up to the organisers, you can arrange a touch game, full contact, 7’s – this can be one game, several games, men’s, ladies, whatever you like. (Probably not juniors because of insurance).
Again, whenever suits the host club. Saturday 18th may be a good target date, although it may be too soon. We ideally want this to happen before mid September.
Once we have a host, a venue, a home team, then we will need an Event Manager to organise and run the day and act as main liaison with me and the rest of the RugbyUnited team (known as RUTeam) and we’ll need a Rugby Manager to recruit a RugbyUnited team. We ideally want this team made up of different individuals from the local area, and further afield across Ireland, who want to play for RugbyUnited. Think of an amateur Barbarians side, you’ll get the idea.
We will provide the RugbyUnited team with shirts for the event.
We would also hope to run this day as a charitable event, arranging a raffle of signed rugby memorabilia (which we would all be involved in collecting), getting some spectators along on the day.
The day can be as big or as small as you like, you can have side stalls (rugby clothing/gear companies, cake stalls, other food stalls, tea/coffee etc), bouncy castles and other family attractions to really make a day of it!
If you are interested in taking on one of the above roles, please let me know and we can then arrange to talk in more detail and go through the finer points of how to do the above with no budget! Its hard work, but a great day which in the last event in Gloucester, was really enjoyed by all!!
Hopefully you can help Trevor and the #rugbyunited lads; contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!